As a result, Werder believes that unless the franchise signs one of them in the next two days, the Chiefs will use their franchise tag on safety Eric Berry while allowing defensive lineman Dontari Poe walk via free agency. He'll probably get tagged again this year, setting up a showdown that could keep him off the field in 2017.
Berry would be guaranteed a salary of almost $13 million if he played under the tag again, but that is not something he intends to do.
The 26-year-old Poe has spent the last five seasons in Kansas City after the Chiefs notably picked up his fifth-year option for the 2016-2017 season. A report Monday morning said that the Chiefs will tag Berry and let Poe walk. Sure, it's less likely but Poe could hit the market and find that the other offers out there aren't much better than the Chiefs and it's better to stay in Kansas City. He also isn't getting his hopes up that a resolution with the Chiefs will be reached.
But what isn't going to work for Berry is playing under the $12.96 million tag this season.